New Delhi - The former chief justice who led the charge to make
tough new laws to protect women in India has died. Jagdish Sharan Verma
The hospital where he was being treated said he died of multi-organ failure on Monday.
Verma was known as the conscience-keeper of the Indian
judiciary. The government called on him repeatedly after he retired in
1998. He headed India's panel on human rights and was the first head of a
national broadcasting standards authority.
His landmark service came early this year when he
headed a government panel to examine the criminal justice system's
treatment of violence against women. The panel was created after a fatal
gang rape in New Delhi late last year.
Many of the panel's recommendations swiftly became law.